Award Year: 2019

Laie Elementary School

55-109 Kulanui Street
Laie, HI, 96762-1214

(808) 305-0400

Mrs. Eliza Loha Kaka, Principal at time of Nomination

Castle-Kahuku Complex Area School District

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La'ie Elementary is committed to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment where each student achieves high academic standards, behaves with integrity, and becomes a contributing citizen.

Student Demographics
  • White: 19%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 37%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 32%
Laie Elementary School May Day 2019 - Grade 3 Performance

Laie Elementary School May Day 2019 - Grade 3 Performance

La'ie Elementary School (LES) is located in a small community on the North Shore of the island of Oahu. The diversity of the community is considered one of its strengths. La'ie Elementary is a Title I school, but despite some of the challenges our families face, they and other community members freely give of their time and money to mentor, coach, teach, and support the youth of La'ie.

The founding of our school is rooted in history and LES is steeped in traditions. Students look forward to annual events such as the May Day program, and grade-level excursions such as the week-long experience on the Big Island of Hawaii for fourth graders. Leadership at LES is committed to student and staff success. Our administrative team believes in hands-on collaborative leadership. The leadership committee's strategy to implementing the academic plan was ensuring the plan is cohesive, and streamlining messages to students, parents, and community members. Administrators are highly visible on campus - greeting students and staff by name, spending time in the lunchroom talking to students, as well as visiting classroom daily. The principal also instituted an open door policy to facilitate communication between leadership, faculty, and staff.

At La'ie Elementary students are encouraged to reach their full potential academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and culturally. The implementation of a variety of initiative have been the key to our success; from changing the schedule to allow for regular teacher collaboration, to implementing school-wide response-to-intervention strategies, to offering a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular programs.